Whoa and behold! Steeplechase is upon us! Tomorrow, May 12, 2012 will mark the 71st run of the Iroquois Steeplechase. If you read yesterday’s blog, you are already aware of the lineup. Horses, owners and trainers are working out final details, and saying their prayers. (Well, I’m not sure the horses are praying, but you can bet the owners and trainers are.)
The shops and boutiques are still bristling with last-minute shoppers, seeking that “perfect hat,” linen outfit or springy sundress. Better hurry ladies – only 24 hours left! (photo in this blog compliments of Iroquois Steeplechase, and featuring hats from Gus Meyer) Hosts and hostesses alike are filled with excitement over hosting their own pre-steeplechase event and/or anxiously awaiting the long overdue tailgate party. Whatever your Steeplechase tradition, it will come alive again tomorrow.
Steeplechase race time / gates open at 8am, first race at 1pm
The first race starts at 1pm, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early, by 10am or 10:30am, as parking will be “a challenge” to say the least, with over 25,000 spectators expected.
Racegoers can expect several new things on race day, such as some of Nashville’s most popular food trucks serving food and drinks all day. So if you don’t have plans to tailgate or the chance to eat prior to the race, there will be plenty of food to choose from on the grounds.
AT&T races with good news through this year’s Steeplechase
And GREAT NEWS for AT & T wireless customers, AT&T announced their enhancement to wireless networks on race day by providing a “cell site on wheels,” (COW) which will allow thousands of racegoers who use AT&T as a service provider to get a boost in wireless service on race day. A feat, which as you know, can be daunting in the face of the more than 25,000 crowd that packs into Percy Warner on race day.
Steeplechase for kids
Also, if you bring kids, look for the “stick horse” race, sponsored by MIX 92.9, and will be held before the first race. You can visit http://www.mix929.com/ for more information.
Iroquois Steeplechase tickets
The gates open at 8am for Steeplechase 2012, and there are still tickets available for sale at the gate.
General Admission: $15 at the gate or purchase online. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.
Tailgating and RVs: Tailgating options may still be available. Prices range from $550 to $600 for each vehicle and includes up to eight guests per space or up to ten guests per RV space. Spaces sell out quickly, but if you need last minute info, please send an email to email@example.com
Boxes: Box seating is currently sold out. To be added to the waiting list, again, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the Iroquois Steeplechase benefit the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $9 million from the event proceeds.
For information on ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org or call (615) 591-2991. And please keep in mind there may now be limited availability.
Tomorrow is the big day! I will see you there! Remember your pastels and floppy hat ;-).